Vote Now for the 2020-2021 AAF-KC Board and Ad 2 KC Council Elections
AAF-KC is one of the oldest and largest advertising chapters in the country. We’re also the most passionate. AAF-KC and Ad 2 KC are all-volunteer organizations, and we rely on the dedication and talents of our volunteers.
That in mind, it's time to cast your ballot for the 2020-2021 candidates! Get to know them below and, once you’re ready, vote here. Voting begins on May 1st and ends on May 8th at 5 p.m.
- NOTE: You must be a current member of AAF-KC and have an account on AAFKC.com in order to vote. If you are a member of Ad 2 KC, you are also a member of AAF-KC. If you're part of a corporate membership and have not yet claimed your account, you can do so here. Please note that it may take up to one business day for your account to be approved in order to allow you to vote. You will receive a welcome email when your account is set up. Please email [email protected] with questions.
We've also completed our annual bylaws revision. A summary of changes is as follows:
- Modeled after recommended bylaws from AAF National and sample association bylaws from National Association of Parliamentarians
- Reformatted for legibility and consistency
- Simplified to remove procedural information that changes regularly and does not need to be included in bylaws
- Article IV: Membership - removed non-used membership classes
- Article V: Dues and Finances - consolidated financial related sections from throughout the bylaws in one specific article
- Article VI: Board of Directors - reflects new board structure and leaves opportunity for adjustment on an as-needed basis
- Article VII: Duties of Board of Directors - updated term of office from three years to two years; simplified this section to include only key duties and financial/legal responsibilities
- Article VIII: Meetings - updated meeting details; specified electronic voting as our primary method over in-person ballots.
- Article IX: Elections - added limit of 3 employees per company to serve on Board of Directors. Updated to 2 appointments.
- Article XII: Parliamentary Authority - added new article
Meet the Candidates:
AAF-KC Board of Directors
(vote for 5)
Jamie Beard is a communications manager at VMLY&R and is a member of the TEDxKC planning team, one of the largest independent TED events in the world. She has a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri, with focuses on strategic communication, sociology and multicultural studies. Prior to VMLY&R, Jamie worked at KCTV5 and PlattForm Advertising.
Jamie is passionate about the intersection of wellness and education; she currently volunteers with Lead to Read and serves as the marketing director and interim board chair for Exploring Roots. Previously, she has served as a Girls on the Run coach and a surfing facilitator in Muizenberg, South Africa. In her spare time, you can find her rock climbing, discovering dog friendly locations in Kansas City and planning her next surf trip.
Josie Black is an Associate Director of SEO at Intouch Solutions who works diligently to optimize each website, one page at a time, while also managing a team of SEO specialists. Josie is extremely passionate about digital marketing and the advertising community in KC. She believes strongly in destroying silos and was voted “least likely to stay in her lane” in high school. Originally from Wichita, Josie moved to Kansas City after college and has been involved with AAF-KC ever since. A regular at Ad Hops and Ad Wars, Josie has also participated in Match KC and recently volunteered to help with the Journey Awards. She hopes to continue AAF-KC involvement on the board. When not volunteering, socializing or working, Josie is obtaining her Business Leadership Certificate from JCCC.
Brian Brooker is a nationally-recognized creative leader in the advertising industry. He has worked as writer, chief creative officer and CEO and has helped build some tremendous brands. Responsible for shaping the Southwest Airlines campaign, “You are now free to move about the country,” as well as Sonic Drive-In’s long-running “Two Guys” campaign, Brian has played a pivotal role in driving client success. He’s won virtually every major ad award including Communication Arts, One Show Gold, Andys, D&AD, New York Art Directors, Cannes, Mercury and Gold Effies. Brian has served as speaker at AAAA events, served on their board, written articles for Ad Age and CA and judged national shows. Currently, he’s VP Global Creative Director at Garmin, where he’s reshaped MarCom, by bringing insight, creativity and human connection to Garmin’s strong product offering.
Kim's career is basically an accident, but it seems to have worked out. Kim has led social media and content strategy initiatives in both in-house and agency roles at Mazuma Credit Union, GlynnDevins and Hallmark. She is now the Social Media Director at DMH, leading the Owned Media portion of the Integrated Media team. Her secret to success across so many different audiences and industries comes down to a simple philosophy: Respect your audience enough to not waste their time.
Kim's background is in Medieval Studies, where she learned that Arthurian legends are the first real example of fan fiction and that the proper way to survive a pandemic is to isolate yourself with a small group of friends or family, get drunk and tell stories. She lives in Olathe with her husband, two kids and two cats.
Anne Fundakowski is a KC native but spent the first part of her career attempting to be a ‘big-city girl’ in Miami and San Francisco. She quickly realized she was a Midwesterner through and through and moved back to KC where she’s been happily involved in the advertising community and enjoys having a backyard again. Currently, Anne is a Digital Marketing Director at ad tech start-up, Mediavo, where she blends art and data-science to drive business growth. Prior to Mediavo, her roles have run the gamut from graphic design to digital project management. Anne was also recently the Logistics Lead for AAF-KC’s 2020 American Advertising Awards. Her work on the event contributed to her being nominated for Volunteer of the Year. Equal parts introvert and extrovert, Anne splits her free time between happy hour with her friends and husband or at home with a book in hand, cuddling with her corgi and planning how to cross the next thing off of her bucket list.
Lover of nachos. Hater of radishes. Recent tolerator of corn. Seth hails from the Ozark mountains in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he spent half his life calling the Hogs and dodging the shadow of Walmart. He has a unique knack of making you laugh while feeling uncomfortably comfortable. As the Ventures Director at Signal Theory, Seth loves good branding and hates unnecessary complications. He’s married to a media director. Which is weird. He’s won awards on both the local and national levels for his work with brands such as the Kansas City Chiefs, Newell-Rubbermaid, Houlihan’s, Shatto Milk Company, Merial, American Century Investments, AMC Theatres, Procter & Gamble and more. And if you really wanted to know, he's still on the fence about corn.
When Geoff graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Chemistry he never imagined he would be where he is today. Geoff has 25 years’ experience in sales and marketing and has had the wonderful opportunity to operate, manage and grow Sassafras Marketing, which he started with his wife, Jenny, 20 years ago in Atlanta, GA. Early on Geoff realized that the foundation of a company/organization is the people – employees, clients, community – and the relationships that you establish with those people. This value was something instilled by his parents, grandparents and extended family. A value that he works tirelessly to successfully pass onto his children: Ryan (19), Jack (18) and Emma (15). If you want a true partnership/relationship whether it be with your spouse, children, clients, employees…you have to be able to change your perspective and walk in your partners’ shoes and see things through their eyes. One experiences so much more success and shares many more smiles when they are able to practice this methodology.
Geoff enjoyed his experiences and the relationships that he established working on the AAA committee in 2020. This provided the desire to play a larger role with the AAF-KC. While there are many things that are wonderful about the AAF-KC there is always the opportunity to evolve and continue to improve. Geoff will put the same passion and values into this new role as he does into other facets of his life. Furthermore, he will always approach his role and involvement with FUN. If we cannot have fun then why do it? Words to live by from the great philosopher, Arthur Bach, “Isn’t fun the BEST thing to have!”
Penny’s career in advertising and modern media has been a winding one. She started working for a U.S. Senator on Capitol Hill. From there, she moved to New York, where she started her advertising career in earnest working at Nielsen and Thrillist.com. But after years away from home, she returned to her Midwest roots (as so many of us do) and came to Kansas City to run social strategy for brands like Hostess and Dairy Queen. Today, Penny creates communication plans that engage and energize consumers throughout their brand journey as a Communications Strategy Director at Signal Theory.
Creating community has always been at Penny’s core. When she's not serving brands, she's serving her Signal Theory and KC community through the teaching of yoga. Twice a week Penny shares her practice with the employees of Signal Theory. The time we spend together on the mat brings us closer and allows us to better adapt to the roller coaster of ad life.
Roy is an Associate Creative Director at VMLY&R, whose culture-driven work has influenced brands such as: Gatorade, NAPA Auto Parts, Quiktrip and more. He is a visionary, diversity advocate and public speaker and currently serves as Vice Chair for DEI in Creative at VMLY&R North America and an Advisory Member of the VMLY&R Foundation. He is a graduate of the Art Institutes and The Austin Creative Department. Outside of the office, Roy is an avid road cyclist and runner, sneaker enthusiasts, and devoted husband to Katy and their three talented children: Annalisa, Malea and Miles + one furry Sheepadoodle, named Tex.
Tracy Schellmann has been a trusted and active member of the Kansas City advertising and marketing community for over 20 years. Through agency and corporate marketing roles, she’s had the opportunity to build brand experiences for industries ranging from aerospace engineering, to financial services, to telecom, to freight logistics. She has lead account teams for national brands like Apple, Ameriprise, IBM, American Century, Protective Life Insurance and held corporate marketing roles at Sprint, H&R Block, H&R Block Financial Advisors and YRC Freight. Tracy is currently the Director of Marketing and Strategic Communications for YRC Worldwide and its five operating companies. She is most passionate about creating authentic, relatable brand experiences and delivering impactful communications to employees, customers, and prospects. As an AAF-KC Board member, Tracy would like to help drive the development of Kansas City’s creative culture narrative and promote the outstanding work of this vibrant advertising community.
Austin Walsh wears many hats…director, photographer, husband, father, entrepreneur, and hustler. For the past decade, Austin has collaborated with agencies like VMLY&R, Barkley, Leo Burnett, and FCB to create award-winning content for global brands. His authentic and energetic lifestyle imagery has been tapped by Gatorade, Honda, Modelo, Samsung, and many more. In 2020, he was selected by Archive Magazine as one of the 200 Best Ad Photographers worldwide.
His journey started in 2007, when he founded what would eventually become AWStudio in the spare bedroom of his house. Since then, Austin, and his team have grown the studio into one of the region’s top production companies headquartered in the historic Hemingway Building in the Crossroads. Now with photographers, directors, and post-production partners spanning North America, AWS supports productions of all sizes and budgets.
In all aspects of life, Austin brings enthusiasm, hard work, and a desire to create meaningful experiences in the form of a creative project, a relationship, or even a simple conversation. His positive attitude and creative leadership style resonates with his long-time employees, production crew, and clients who he often considers his friends. Austin has led teams of all sizes, easily connecting with everyone from professional athletes and Fortune 500 CEOs on set to high school and college students seeking professional advice. He spent 6 years serving on the Ad 2 KC Council and was honored as Member of the Year. A native Kansas Citian, Austin calls Weatherby Lake home and enjoys an active life on the water with his wife Leslie and daughter Zoey.
If you're an AAF-KC member, you're ready to:
Ad 2 KC Council
(vote for 5)
My name is Mara Akers and I will be graduating from Rockhurst University in December with a degree in marketing. Coming from a small school, I proactively sought opportunities to get involved in advertising, leading to my discovery of AAF. I have volunteered at the AAA and served as a chair for Ad Wars. I would love the opportunity to continue gaining leadership experience as well as building more relationships within the AAF community. As a student, I believe I could bring a unique perspective and help increase involvement among other students who attend schools with less robust marketing programs.
Megan Bartolac joined the KC ad community with VMLY&R just under a year ago, following graduation from the Missouri School of Journalism. Her favorite thing to do is connect with people - whether it’s with clients as an associate account manager or in her personal life. In her spare time (good one!) she likes to watch reality TV (a guilty pleasure) and cook. As a student, she attended Spark and Match, and would love to play a role in their planning and execution in upcoming years. She’s honored to be nominated for Ad 2 council.
I am a 2019 Bearcat grad, and current Associate Media Planner at Intouch Group. I reside in North KC, and I enjoy drinking copious amounts of coffee. I recently discovered a passion for stress relief coloring, and I love alt music.
Post-graduation, I became a volunteer for the same events that I once attended as a student. Volunteering gave me the opportunity to work with wise ad pros/co-chairs, while also allowing me to speak with current students about their goals and dreams. If given the opportunity, I would love to do even more to make an impact with Ad 2.
Kirin Dowden joined Cosmo Street as a producer in 2018 and over the past two years has helped Cosmo expand its footprint across the Kansas City market. Along with producing, Kirin's advertising experience spans across ad sales, client relations and account management. With this diverse background, Kirin has made a wide range of connections that will benefit the Ad 2 council. She has called Kansas City home since 2011 and looks forward to bringing her expertise, energetic attitude and understanding of event planning to all that Ad 2 does!
When I'm not trying to find the next best brunch place to eat at, you can find me fighting crime. The crime ... of bad design. I haven't always had the skillset to be an amazing crime-fighting graphic designer. Besides college, I believe AAF-KC gave me the opportunities to grow and network through being part of Virtual Agency and being an Ad Hops co-chair. Now after being part of AAF-KC for almost 4 years I want to cultivate those opportunities for other members and future members.
Matt is a native Kansas Citian, Northwest Missouri State graduate, and Ad 2 KC councilmember since 2018, serving as Director of Fundraising. His involvement with Ad 2 stretches back to 2014 and across many committees, including Spark KC, the American Advertising Awards, and Virtual Agency. He is also the go-to photographer for Ad 2 KC and AAF-KC events.
Matt has been with Intouch Solutions as an analyst since 2018. He is also a freelance photographer, capturing portraits, weddings, Boulevardia events, and scenes of his hometown. When he’s got downtime, you can find him exploring KC’s cultured microbreweries.
I am Tiera Montgomery, a curious, impassioned, chatty recent graduate, looking for confirmation that I am not alone. I want to use Ad 2 KC to invest time into the aspirations of my peers, industry, and community. To be the friend that listens and believes in your crazy idea, and instead of telling you a million obstacles in your path, helping you find the one thing that can help you get there. Because what is the point of having privilege and talent, if you don't use it to help those who are in need.
My name is Christine Nuber, I work in Account Service for Columbia Sportswear and I am born and raised in the Kansas City area. I started going to Ad Hops events last year to get more involved in KC, network and make new friends. I have absolutely loved my experience so far. I attended as many Ad Hops events as possible and was part of the Virtual Agency team this year. I would love the opportunity to volunteer my time and continue to get more involved in AAF-KC.
Hi! My name is Andrea Ringgenberg and I'm a proud Kansas Citian with a passion for advertising! I've been on the council since I graduated from KU in 2018, and I've loved every moment of it. I started as the Student Development Coordinator and moved onto the Ad Wars Chair for my second term. Due to COVID-19, we haven't been able to have our event yet, but I am hoping to continue in my position on the Ad 2 Council to bring the fun and games to the AAF-KC members!
My involvement with AAF and Ad 2 KC began when I was awarded the AAF student scholarship. Since then I won a National Student Addy, was the Creative Director of KU Design Week, graduated from KU and have been working at Springboard Creative. This past year I have really enjoyed meeting professionals in the field and checking out the fun studios during Ad Hops. I am excited for the opportunity to work with other creative young professionals. I know that my organizational skills, and my constant desire to reach new goals, would make me an asset to the Ad 2 KC council.
My first interaction with AAF-KC was during my freshman year at Northwest when I attended Spark KC. Let's just say I drank the advertising kool-aid and have been on a kick ever since.
Fast forward five years and I am rounding out my first official year in my advertising career. I am honored to be nominated for the Ad 2 Council and would love to use this avenue to help students and current professionals get connected and take steps to reach their professional goals.
When I am not working I love being with my nieces/nephews, baking, being outside and doing projects around the house.
If you're an AAF-KC member and under 32, you're ready to: